It took more than a year but the inspector general for Homeland Security finally got around to agreeing an official in the department granted favoritism to Sen. Harry Reid by overruling decisions to refuse special visas to investors in the SLS resort in Las Vegas, formerly the Sahara.
Maybe the Senate Ethics panel will get around to acting on the complaint filed against Reid for his meddling, if it hasn’t lost it again.
Four days after that complaint was filed, the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas, the man who greased the skids for Reid, to become the second in command at the Department of Homeland Security. The vote was 54-41.
It would have failed by not getting 60 votes if Harry had not nuked the filibuster for such appointments.
Mayorkas was confirmed despite the fact he was under investigation at the time for expediting certain visa applications for certain applicants despite the rejection of those visas by career staffers. Among those seeking foreign investors were Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Anthony Rodham. They were after visas for investors in an energy-efficient car company.
Sen. Reid made a personal call to Mayorkas, according to the Washington Times, who promised him his agency would take a “fresh look” at the SLS visa request. Soon after that the agency expedited visas for about two dozen foreign SLS investors. The Washington Times reported that Federal Election Commission records show executives for two companies involved in the hotel project had made $127,000 in political donations over the previous three elections, mostly to Democrats.